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April 27, 2019

Today, the feeling of a vibrant stage light humming to life. Every so often in the unending grind of the professional tour, circumstances will align to offer something so fleeting and beautiful it will let you forget, for a moment, everything outside it. Stare only at...

April 8, 2019

It’s not about the money. Richard the tour guide would repeat this refrain frequently, even though no one ever argued the point with him. The first few times he said it I thought the same obvious thing any of us would, given a world that looks like it does and more so...

January 27, 2019

Now that every week feels like a year, it can be a bit vertigo-inducing to remember that the U.S. Open happened fairly recently. Remember that whole thing? Naomi Osaka played an absolutely lights-out tournament, including a final in which neither the stage nor Serena a...

January 14, 2019

It’s dark out. We’re all knee-deep in one seasonal-affective thing or another, fresh off the holiday stretch where each of us had either too much or too little to do. At some point today you’re going to step around a patch of mud you’re not quite sure is frozen; in a l...

August 16, 2018

In the middle of a terrible August a few years ago, I got up very early and took the 7 Train to the U.S. Open by myself. An overcast Middle Saturday, back end of the third round. I got there hours before any scheduled match, went straight in, and took a seat about ten...

June 16, 2018

It can be hard to sift through all of it; there’s never enough time. Finish the brutal slog through Europe’s dirt and arrive in Paris for a culmination that lasts—what—a week? Rafael Nadal has won again. Simona Halep finally got hers. These could be drab lines from the...

June 9, 2018

An hour and a half ago I thought I would be writing a far different piece than this one, and you could tell Simona Halep was beginning to think so too. Sloane Stephens was everywhere; she was blending her easy power with newfound patience and movement, traits of hers t...

June 2, 2018

NOT A RIVALRY!!! You shout, and no one argues with you. Did you know Serena hasn’t lost to her since 2004? Great piece of trivia; someone, somewhere, hasn’t heard that one before, and you’ve done them a great service by showing them the lie they’ve been brought up beli...

May 31, 2018

The first time Rafael Nadal won the French Open, he didn’t know how to serve, or volley, or really even hit a standard backhand. But watching that tape now, you could see what was coming. The way he moved with the slippery red clay instead of fighting it, the way he us...

May 28, 2018

I think a lot about that time when, during the 2009 French Open final, a man burst from the crowd and tried to put a hat on Roger Federer. The moment felt far too delicate—Federer, finally with a chance to play for the title against someone other than the Immovable Wal...

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